Tsung Executor


Tsung is an open-source multi-protocol distributed load testing tool. The purpose of Tsung is to simulate users in order to test the scalability and performance of IP based client/server applications. You can use it to do load and stress testing of your servers.

Taurus supports only Tsung version 1.5.1 and higher.

Tsung Installation

To install Tsung, see official Tsung Installation docs.

Mac OS X

On Mac OS X you can install Tsung with Homebrew:

$ brew install tsung

Tsung Load Generation Model

When given concurrency: N, Tsung spawns N "virtual users" each second. Every user is actually a lightweight Erlang process. User executes all requests from given scenario and then stops.

Scenario Samples

Example of using constant concurrency and hold-for:

- executor: tsung
  concurrency: 100
  hold-for: 1m
  scenario: sample
    default-address: http://blazedemo.com
      - /
      - /reserve.php

Example of using user's Tsung config:

- executor: tsung
  scenario: sample
    script: tsung/http_simple.xml

If you specify both scenario script and load profile (concurrency and hold-for) — Taurus will copy your Tsung configuration and overwrite <load> section. The rest of your Tsung config will be preserved.


- executor: tsung
  concurrency: 100
  hold-for: 5m
  scenario: sample
    script: tsung/http_simple.xml

Note that Tsung doesn't support throughput and ramp-up options.

Here's the example of various HTTP requests features that Taurus supports:

    default-address: http://blazedemo.com  # base address for HTTP requests

    think-time: 1s  # delay to make after executing this request, applies to all requests, default value is 0

    timeout: 3s  # TCP connection timeout, applies to all requests, defaults value is infinity
    max-retries: 1  # max TCP reconnect retries number, defaults to 1

    headers:  # global headers, applies to all requests
      User-Agent: taurus-tsung

    - /  # shorthand form

    - url: /reserve.php  # full form with specified method
      method: GET

    - url: /
      think-time: 3s  # overrides scenario-level think-time option

    - url: /submit.php  # POST request with body
      method: POST
      body: 'request-body-string'

    - url: /submit.php  # PUT request with file body
      method: PUT
      body-file: path/to/file.bin
    - url: /  # request with additional headers
        Authentication: Token 142857
        Referer: http://gettaurus.org/docs

Module Settings

If you have installed Tsung in non-standard location (i.e. tsung is not in your $PATH), you can use path option to point Taurus to the tsung executable. Also, you can pass specific Tsung options via cmdline:

    path: /usr/local/bin/tsung
    cmdline: -n

Tsung Concurrency Stats

Due to some limitations of Tsung, Taurus is able to extract actual concurrency info from Tsung only once in 10 seconds, so virtual users / time graph is not completely accurate.